Stefano Luigi Mangia | Gianni Lenoci | John Cage cagExperience | Amirani Records

Stefano Luigi Mangia _ voice | Gianni Lenoci _ electronics on *

Recording _ January 2012, Eticarte – Wave Ahead production, Monopoli, Italy. Sound engineer & mastering _ Mimmo Galizia. Liner notes and Mesostic _ Stefano Pocci. S.L. Mangia photo _ Valentina Serra. Graphics _ Nicola Guazzaloca. Production _ Stefano L. Mangia and Gianni Lenoci. Executive production _ Gianni Mimmo for Amirani Records and Lydian Eventi

Tracklist: 1. Aria solo (Milano, 1958) 2. Four6 for four players* (New York City, 1992) 3. Solo for voice n.17* from Songbooks I (Stony Point and NYC, 1970) 4. Solo for voice n.72* from Songbooks II (Stony Point and NYC, 1970) 5. Experiences No.2 solo (NYC, 1948) Text derived from III, Sonnets “Unrealities of Tulips and Chimneys” (1923) by E.E.Cummings


John Cage

Among the most influential, significant and controversially innovative art personalities of the 20th century, John Cage left us an huge amount of “pure” music. A student of Schoenberg abd Cowell, Cage pioneered and developed a range of techniques that would allow him to relinquish control over his compositions and to place himself in the role of listener and discoverer rather than that of creator. Son of an inventor he invented icon-sounds as “prepared piano” and pionereed the use of “chance” or “indeterminate” in composition. His words, his interviews and critical considerations stand as seminal and revealing zen sentences and are another extraordinaire aspect of a complete and “natural” artist. After John Cage music can really be seen as a fresher sound happening welcoming interruption and noises.



Stefano Luigi Mangia (Galatina, Italy, 1981), singer and composer, whose interests range from jazz and contemporary music to radical improvisation. In 2004 he graduated in “Scienze della Comunicazione” at the University of Lecce.

At the “Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli” in 2007, Mangia gained a I level Master’s degree in “Composition vs. Jazz Improvisation in the New Languages”; in 2008 he gained a I level degree in “Jazz Music” under the “maestro” Gianni Lenoci; in 2011 he graduated in saxophone and in 2013 graduated in “Jazz Music — II level” (Cum Laude and Special Mention).

Mangia has developed his own style in modern jazz and improvised music studying and playing with important musicians of the Italian and international jazz scene such as Gianni Lenoci, Stefano Battaglia, Paolo Damiani, Eugenio Colombo, Joelle Leandre, Carlos Zingaro, Markus Stockhausen, Marcello Magliocchi, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, Steve Potts, Irene Aebi-Lacy and Sabir Mateen.

He has also published notated and improvised compositions for the “extended-vocal technique”: Stratosfonie – for voice and three indeterminate instruments; Ruzzle — for singers and/or indeterminate ensemble; Moddetto and Trubuluru — for an indeterminate “a cappella” choir of improvisers. In October 2012, he performed with the “II Tempo Sospeso” ensemble in “AUTOTONO”, a concert in the presence of the composer Sylvano Bussotti.

As part of his studies and research, Mangia has deepened his knowledge on Mongolian singing with Tran Quang Hai; he has also explored the techniques of Pakistani and Northern Indian traditional singing and extra-european vocality. His previous works have been published by Leo Records.



Pianist, composer and educator Gianni Lenoci (Monopoli, Italy, 1963) brilliantly gained his piano diploma at Conservatorio “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, Electronic Music diploma and a “Cum Laude and Special Mention” master degree (presenting a lecture-recital on Morton Feldman’s piano works) at Conservatorio “N. Piccinni” in Bari. While deeping his contemporary attitude, thanks to composition studies with “maestro” Giacomo Manzoni at Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Lenoci has developed his own style in modern jazz and improvised music studying with jazz icons such as Mal Waldron and Paul Bley. Finalist and winner of jazz competitions (a.o. “European Jazz Competition”, Leverkusen, Germany 1993; “Achantes Fondation Prize”, Paris 1996) Lenoci has an interesting “composer side” both in notated and improvised operas, acoustical and electronic fields (his electronic composition “NOTTURNO FRATTALE” won the International Prize by Societa ltaliana Informatica Musicale). While extensively touring in clubs, concert halls and festivals in Italy, France, England, Romania, Hungaria, Albania, Argentina, USA, Turkey, Canada, Greece, Spain, Holland, Germay, Belgium, his works have been published on Splasc(h), Modern Times, ASC, ANT, Leo Records, Afk, Sentemo, Vm-ada, DAME (Ambiances Magnetique), VEL NET, Soul Note, Amirani Records.


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